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Great. Jaclyn Spoleti is professional, friendly, and approachable. This is the second workshop I’ve had with Youth Stages. Everything is detailed in advance, and the multiple activities within one workshop ensure that kids are always doing something.
Eleana Cordova, Wayne Public Library, Wayne, NJ

Excellent. This was above expectations- great; very enthusiastic. Introduction to art form and cultural entertainment. Would love to have more classes like this.
Paliani Prakash, parent, Woodbridge Library

This workshop was much, much more, and better than expected. The children responded exceptionally well! Everyone was drawn in and included. Presenter was astute to each child’s abilities. OUTSTANDING! Emily has a gift! She got the quiet ones to participate and the more zealous children to restrain. We attend many library programs and this was, by far, one of the best! Emily’s expressions, sounds, and energy level, made a book- with no words- come to life. A wonderful exercise in imagination. These programs are as good as the presenter and Emily Vorp is tops! I wasn’t familiar with Youth Stages before, but now I would like to follow their presentations. My granddaughter still talks about it and roars like a lion!
Patricia Petracce, Beachwood Library

Youth Stages has presented programs at these New Jersey Libraries:
Anthony Pio Costa Memorial Library, Fairfield
Atlantic County Library, Mays Landing
Atlantic City Public Library
Audubon Library
Bayonne Free Public Library
Berkeley Heights Library
Bernards Township Library, Basking Ridge
Bernardsville Library
Brielle Public Library
Burlington County Libraries (Cinnaminson, Bordentown, Evesham, Riverton, Westampton)
Butler Public Library
Camden County Libraries (Bellmawr, Ferry Avenue, Gloucester, Haddon, Merchantville, South County, Vorhees)
Carteret Public Library
Cherry Hill Public Library
Chester Library
Clarence Dillon Library, Bedminster
Clark Public Library
Cliffside Park Public Library
Clifton Public Library
Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton
Cranbury Public Library
Cranford Public Library
Denville Public Library
Dover Free Public Library
Dunellen Public Library
East Rutherford Memorial Library
East Brunswick Public Library
Edgewater Public Library
Edison Township Public Libraries (North Edison, Clara Barton)
Elizabeth Public Library
Elmwood Park Free Public Library
Englewood Public Library
Fanwood Memorial Library
Flemington Public Library
Franklin Township Library
Freehold Public Library
Free Public Library of Monroe Township
Gloucester City Library
Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill
Hasbrouck Heights Public Library
Highland Park Library
Hillside Public Library
Hoboken Public Library
Hopewell Public Library
Jamesburg Public Library
Jefferson Township Public Library
Keansburg Waterfront Public Library
Kearny Public Library
Kenilworth Public Library
Lambertville Library
Lee Memorial Library, Allendale
Library of the Chathams
Linden Free Public Library
Little Falls Library
Livingston Public Library
Long Hill Township Free Public Library
Madison Public Library
Mahwah Public Library
Maplewood Libraries (Hilton, Memorial)
Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library
Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library, Fair Lawn
McCowan Memorial Library, Pitman
Mercer County Libraries (Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hightstown, Hopewell, Lawrenceville, Robbinsville, Twin Rivers, West Windsor)
Mendham Borough Library
Mendham Township Library
Metuchen Public Library
Middlesex Public Library
Middletown Township Public Library
Milltown Public Library
Monmouth County Libraries (Allentown, Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Eastern Branch, Eatontown, Fairhaven, Hazlet, Howell, Manalapan, Manasquan, Ocean Township, Oceanic, Oceanport, Sea Girt, Tinton Falls, West Long Branch)
Monroe Township Public Library
Montclair Public Library
Montvale Public Library
Montville Township Public Library
Moorestown Public Library
Mount Laurel Public Library
Mount Olive Library
Mountain Lakes Public Library
Mountainside Public Library
Neptune Public Library
New Brunswick Free Public Library
New Providence Memorial Library
North Arlington Public Library
North Brunswick Public Library
Ocean City Free Public Library
Ocean County Libraries (Barnegat, Beachwood, Brick, Island Heights, Jackson, Lacey, Manchester, Plumstead, Point Pleasant Boro, Toms River)
Old Bridge Public Library
Orange Public Library
Paramus Library
Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library
Passaic Public Library
Pennington Public Library
Pennsauken Public Library
Pequannock Township Public Library
Piscataway Public Libraries (Main, Westergaard)
Plainfield Public Library
Plainsboro Public Library
Princeton Public Library
Rahway Public Library
Ramsey Library
Randolph Township Free Public Library
Raritan Public Library
Ridgefield Park Public Library
River Edge Public Library
River Vale Library
Rockaway Township Library
Roselle Public Library
Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library
Rutherford Public Library
Sayreville Public Library
Scotch Plains Public Library
Somerset County Libraries (Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Mary Jacobs- Rocky Hill, North Plainfield, Peapack-Gladstone, Somerville, Warren, Watchung)
South Brunswick Public Library
South Orange Public Library
South River Public Library
Spotswood Public Library
Springfield Public Library
Summit Free Public Library
Sussex County Libraries (Franklin, Louise Childs- Stanhope)
Teaneck Public Library
Union County Public Libraries (Main, Vaux Hall)
Upper Saddle River Library
Waldwick Public Library
Washington Township Public Library
Wayne Public Library
West Deptford Free Public Library
West Milford Township Library
West Orange Public Library
Westfield Memorial Library
Whippanong Library
Woodbridge Public Libraries (Fords, Henry Inman, Iselin, Main)
Wyckoff Public Library

Youth Stages has presented programs at these Pennsylvania Libraries:
Conshohocken Free Library
Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, Chester Springs
Hershey Public Library
Marple Public Library, Broomall
Norristown Library
Parkway Central Library, Philadelphia
Southern Lehigh Public Library, Center Valley
Tredyffrin Township Library, Strafford
Yardley-Makefield Library

And in New York at:
Nanuet Public Library


Bring library story hours to life with participatory workshops that dramatize literature. Since 1996, Youth Stages has conducted workshops for over 180 libraries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York many of which book programs regularly!

Library Programs for Preschool to Grade 6

Contemporary Literature
Children dramatize scenes from books by contemporary authors such as John Burningham, Lois Ehlert, Ezra Jack Keats, and Daniel Pinkwater. Children dutifully polish swords and make scary faces as they “prepare for battle” in Tomie dePaola’s The Knight and the Dragon…then settle the “battle” by reading books!

Scenes from Winnie the Pooh to The Velveteen Rabbit and many others come to life as young people become their favorite characters. Listen to the children “boast and swagger” (through improvised dialogue) as the mechanical toys in Margery Williams’ classic tale.

Fairy Tales
Using exciting picture book versions of classics as a means of visual inspiration, children dramatize Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Rumplestiltskin and others. Watch how gracefully the actor-educator leads 6 pathetically crowing roosters, 8 dying dogs, 6 bedraggled cats, and 5 aging donkeys into a robust group of talented musicians headed for Bremen.

Nursery Rhymes
“Pat-A-Cake,” “Old Mother Hubbard,” “The Old Woman Who Lived in A Shoe,” “Little Miss Muffet”, and a host of Mother Goose Rhymes take on new meaning when dramatized. Explore what Old King Cole would have been like if he were “a grumpy ol' soul!”

The verses of Shel Silverstein, Paul Fleischman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack Prelutsky and others become a gateway into the children’s own imaginations as they act in their own poetic creations. As children writhe in pantomime being eaten by a “boa constrictor,” the sounds of gleeful giggling fill the library function room!

Multi-cultural stories
Utilizing wonderful visual picture book versions by Verna Aardema, Gerald McDermott, Arlene Mosel, Ed Young and others, tales from Africa, India, China, Japan and other countries are enacted by children. Be amazed at the creative ways the children find for the Boy to tame the creatures in each kiva of Arrow To The Sun.

Performance for Youth
The Three Bears is a one-woman show for ages 3-5 years and can be performed in a program room. Based on the classic tale, the performance encourages audience participation and imagination (the audience plays Baby Bear), thus making it a wonderful choice for libraries.

PLAY-SHOPS for ages 3-9 years
A Youth Stages actor-educator will bring dramatizations of stories and songs to your library programming! These run 35-45 minutes and include a great deal of audience participation!

Library Programs for Middle and High School Students

A Youth Stages actor-educator will guide teens in enacting scenes from their favorite books—from classics by Shakespeare to contemporary works by J.K. Rowling! Students will be encouraged to create believable characters and make up dialogue for improvisational scenes in Whose Library is it Anyway?, an improvisational acting take-off of a popular cable TV program. Youth Stages also offers a session about New Jersey's favorite "monster"- The Jersey Devil.

Professional Development Workshops for Librarians

Read A Book–Then ACT On It! is a two-hour (or longer) workshop. A Youth Stages actor-educator will demonstrate some creative drama techniques used in story dramatization, then librarians choose a familiar book and work in small groups with their colleagues to create their own creative drama session to accompany their next story hour. Youth Stages’ Suggested Books for Dramatization will be disseminated. Have you ever watched your co-workers hide under a sheet and pretend they are a dragon? It is a sight not to be missed!

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